A microchip implant allows for quick and accurate identification of a pet. It can be easily scanned and referenced to existing databases. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It consists of a tiny computer chip housed in a type of glass made to be compatible with living tissue. The microchip is implanted between the pet’s shoulder blades under the skin with a needle and special syringe. The process is similar to getting a vaccination. Little to no pain is experienced – most pets do not seem to even feel it being implanted. Once in place, the microchip can be detected immediately with a handheld device that uses radio waves to read the chip. This device scans the microchip, and then displays a unique alphanumeric code. Once the microchip is placed, your dog or cat must be registered with the microchip company, usually for a one-time fee.
No method of identification is perfect. Keep current identification tags on your pet at all times, consider microchipping as reinforcement. If your dog or cat does become lost, more identification can increase the odds of finding your beloved companion. Make sure to always keep your contact information up to date.